SC issues directions to use Technology for hearings

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SC issues directions to use Technology for hearings   Apr 06, 2020

 The Supreme Court of India has emphasised the need to reduce the physical presence of all stakeholders within court premises and to 4 secure the functioning of courts in consonance with social distancing guidelines in the best interests of public health. The Supreme Court has, interalia, issued the following directions vide orders dated 6th April 2020:

Until appropriate rules are framed by the High Courts, video conferencing shall be mainly employed for hearing arguments whether at the trial stage or at the appellate stage. In no case shall evidence be recorded without the mutual consent of both the parties by video conferencing. If it is necessary to record evidence in a Court room the presiding officer shall ensure that appropriate distance is maintained between any two individuals in the Court. 

The presiding officer shall have the power to restrict entry of persons into the court room or the points from which the arguments are addressed by the advocates. No presiding officer shall prevent the entry of a party to the case unless such party is suffering from any infectious illness. However, where the number of litigants are many the presiding officer shall have the power to restrict the numbers. The presiding officer shall in his discretion adjourn the proceedings where it is not possible to restrict the number. 

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